For the first time, the National Youth Theatre will be holding auditions and interviews for their brand new three-week technical courses. The auditions, alongside the usual annual intake of performers aged between 14 and 25, will be held across the UK. Actors hoping to follow in the footsteps of NYT alumni such as Daniel Craig, Dame Helen Mirren, Chiwetel Ejiofor CBE and Sir Daniel Day Lewis can attend auditions between January and March 2016, with interviews for the new technical courses taking place in February.
Artistic Director Paul Roseby says that anyone aspiring to enter into the world of theatre can audition or interview. ‘Whether you’ve never done drama before in your life or it’s the only thing you’re passionate about, if you’re interested in exploring your creative talent we want to meet you in 2016. As our former members in the entertainment industry and beyond prove, anything’s possible – but it starts with an audition or interview.’
Playwright and star of Bad Education Sarah Solemani began her career with the NYT, and said that ‘Auditioning undoubtedly changed my life. It gave me world class training, introduced me into the industry and gave me friends for life. I wouldn’t have the career I have now without it.’
Doctor Who and stage star Matt Smith confirmed the career boost the NYT gave him, saying it’s the reason he’s an actor. ‘It’s given me great confidence, opportunity and life-long friends. I got an agent through performing with NYT and now I’m a professional actor who’s working. It completely transformed my life. No understatement.’
The NYT prides itself on the extensive reach it has across the UK, allowing those from all backgrounds to join. With over 4000 people auditioning in 2015, of the 500 successful applicants, 75% were from outside London, 21% from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, and 55% were female.
Prospective applicants hoping to join the brand new technical courses can interview for programmes in costume, lighting and sound, scenic construction and stage management – fantastic opportunities for individuals aiming to enter into the technical world of theatre. Following course completion, applicants will become members of the NYT and will be able to build on their CVs and experience, working on West End shows and both national and international productions.
Those seeking to audition for the summer intake need to apply by 31 January 2016 at http://www.nyt.org.uk/events